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  •  Nor did I claim to (2+ / 0-)
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    CherryTheTart, erush1345

    And I didn't comment on the tenants or morality of Islam.  Just the holy books themselves, which any of us can open up, read, and find dozens if not hundreds of examples of bloodthirsty, evil content.  This is absolutely undeniable.  The fact that the Old and New testaments are also filled with such outrageous crap doesn't make the Koran and Hadith any better.  I should be allowed, here of all places, to criticize literary texts, should I not?  Or is using the word "evil" only applicable to, say, Cheney memos?  :P

    "The majority of a single vote is as sacred as if unanimous." - Thomas Jefferson

    by cartwrightdale on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 11:07:05 PM PDT

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    •  You can criticize books, and I can criticize you (0+ / 0-)

      when you make god awful and frankly lazy comparisons.

      GOP = Godless opposition party We Hassle to make America a Vassal (state)

      by Shhs on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 11:09:59 PM PDT

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      •  It still comes down to defending... (2+ / 0-)
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        CherryTheTart, erush1345

        ...the indefensible.  We can read and debate the texts of early American scholars, say.  Maybe we'll find some work of Jefferson, who we acknowledge was a smart, even great man, defending slavery.  We can talk about the books as being a "product of their time", perhaps, but in the end, we could pass judgments on their morality.  But when it comes to religious texts, there's a different line drawn.  Millions, or billions, of people believe that their books aren't merely historical relics to be analyzed within the context of their times, but rather holy, unerring, perfect books, written by God himself, or a prophet of God writing on his behalf.  As such, it's difficult to get into a rational discussion of the morality of the texts, because so many people won't even consider the question.  It's the word of God, period.  To me, there is nothing more dangerous than that.

        "The majority of a single vote is as sacred as if unanimous." - Thomas Jefferson

        by cartwrightdale on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 11:14:03 PM PDT

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        •  Straw man, no one is defending (1+ / 0-)
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          this practice, I frankly don't like broad brushes.  You seem to amply nuance only when you want to.

          GOP = Godless opposition party We Hassle to make America a Vassal (state)

          by Shhs on Fri Apr 16, 2010 at 11:15:06 PM PDT

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